What Does It Mean To Endorse Roger Wicker?

By Ryan Walters | January 4th, 2018 at 8:16 pm

BY: Ryan Walters / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Ryan Walters is a life-long Mississippian from Jones County. He is a professor of history holding a bachelor and master’s degree in American history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of "The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic." Find more of his writing at MississippiConservativeDaily.com

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Roger Wicker has actively opposed President Trump on several major areas of public policy.

News broke today that a number of Trump’s 2016 county chairs in Mississippi have endorsed Roger Wicker for re-election to the US Senate this year.

This is a very strange and puzzling development. One of Trump’s major campaign promises was to “Drain the Swamp.” But how can any of the President’s Mississippi county chairs endorse Roger Wicker yet remain true to that campaign promise? Not to mention the fact that Wicker is part of Mitch McConnell’s leadership team and has thrown his support behind the floundering Majority Leader, who is widely seen as the major impediment to a conservative agenda.

Far from a conservative reformer, Wicker has been in Congress for nearly a quarter of a century. Before that, he served in the Mississippi State Senate. But he is very well entrenched inside the Barbour Machine and in the swamp that is the Republican Establishment.

Furthermore, and more curious still, is that many of these Trump chairs supported Senator Chris McDaniel in his 2014 bid to unseat Thad Cochran.

But make no mistake, Roger Wicker is every bit as bad as Thad Cochran:

  • Conservative Review’s Liberty Score rates him an “F” with a grade of 32
  • FreedomWorks gives him a lifetime score of 68
  • Heritage Foundation rates him an “F” with a 52
  • Wicker has voted more often with liberal Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand than he has Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Mike Lee.

So by endorsing Roger Wicker, these chairs have endorsed “The Swamp,” for Wicker has:

  • Voted to raise the debt ceiling at least 14 times
  • Voted for every one of Obama’s Continuing Resolutions
  • Voted to continue “No Child Left Behind”
  • Voted for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood
  • Voted to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank
  • Voted for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
  • Voted to give Obama authority to impose his unconstitutional Amnesty
  • Voted for increased welfare funding in the “Farm Bill”
  • Voted to fully fund Obamacare
  • Voted for cloture on the “Gang of 8” Amnesty bill in 2011
  • Voted for a whole new class of tax – the Internet Sales Tax
  • Voted for the largest tax increase in American history
  • Voted against allowing teachers to carry weapons to protect students in the wake of the Newtown massacre
  • Voted against eliminating the federal gas tax
  • Voted against Mike Lee’s balanced budget amendment
  • Voted against Mike Lee’s plan to cut 0.5% from discretionary spending
  • Voted against Rand Paul’s government reduction pla
  • Voted against every proposed ban on earmarks
  • Voted against Welfare Reform
  • Voted against Term Limits

Wicker’s position on the vital issue of term limits is a most interesting one and showcases his deceitfulness. He was first elected to the US House during the 1994 Republican surge and supported Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” And part of the Contract was term limits. Yet during his second year in the House, in 1996, Wicker voted against a constitutional amendment on term limits.

Throughout much of Wicker’s time in Washington, he has remained largely invisible. He’s proposed no major reform legislation over the course of his time in Washington, never engaged in any fights with Democrats or Establishment Republicans, and has always supported the GOP leadership but never the more conservative platform of the party.

Now, on the verge of facing a serious challenger, he seems to be everywhere, boasting about his conservative credentials and his solid support of the President, even though in 2016 he, as NRSC Chairman, was telling Senate candidates to “back away” from Trump. His oft-touted 96.4 percent voting rate in support of President Trump is no different than most every Establishment Republican Senator, including Thad Cochran, which is also 96.4, as well as RINO’s like Orrin Hatch, Pat Roberts, Lamar Alexander, and Mitch McConnell. Most of those votes, however, were for presidential appointments, not major legislative bills.

And Wicker is now sending out campaign mailers praising himself as Trump’s “most loyal advocate in the US Senate.” He’s cozying up close to the President, even though he did not endorse him in the 2016 presidential primaries, because he can’t run on his own failed liberal record. And, as we’ve seen, that record is atrocious.

In fact, Wicker has actively opposed President Trump on several major areas of public policy:

  • He sided with US Senate Democrats in blocking any attempt at ending the filibuster, the most often used tool of liberals to stop conservative proposals. Trump specifically requested filibuster reform to get his agenda passed but Wicker actively worked against him on that proposal.
  • He stood with 30 other Senators, including liberal Democrats, in March 2017, to call for more foreign worker visas to replace blue-collar Americans. And Trump has spoken out forcefully on standing with America’s workers.
  • He sides with liberals on spending, which Trump wants to slash. When Roger Wicker began his congressional career, the national debt stood at $4.5 trillion; today it’s over $20 trillion and his has voted for every major budget bill to come out of Congress.
  • And if that’s not enough, Roger Wicker stood with Cory Booker, a liberal Democrat from New Jersey, and called for the Mississippi flag to come down, even though he attacked Ronnie Musgrove during the 2008 Senate campaign for exactly that.

Standing with one of the most liberal Democrats to seek change of the state flag is nothing new for Wicker. In fact, like Cochran, he has always been cozy with Democrats. As a State Senator in 1992, Wicker voted to override Governor Kirk Fordice’s veto of a bill to raise the Mississippi sales tax.

In the book Paler Shade of Red: The 2008 Presidential Election in the South, the authors cite Wicker’s vote as proof of his “progressive credentials,” but then acknowledge that he flipped and began to “skillfully identify himself with conservative issues” later on, most notably during his campaign against Musgrove.

So his liberal record is clear. And to endorse Roger Wicker, those who choose that path must also endorse The Swamp: Open Borders, Free Trade, Massive Debt and Deficits, Higher Taxes, More Government.

To “Drain the Swamp,” you must also “Drain the Career Politicians.” And that includes Senator Roger Wicker.